Tenth Sunday after Trinity

First Reading Isaiah 58:9b-14 Third Isaiah spells out to the people how following God’s ways – denouncing oppression, speaking the truth, feeding the hungry, caring for the suffering, and worshipping God – will result in a wonderful quality of life. Second Reading Hebrews 12:18-29 The writer describes God as a “consuming fire” which cannot be touched and which terrified the ancient Israelites. But Christians are invited to the holy city where God is judge and is safely mediated through Jesus who brings a new covenant. Third Reading Luke 13:10-17 Jesus breaks the rules of the Sabbath by healing a woman who had been crippled for years. This enraged the synagogue leader but Jesus silenced the c

Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Introduction and Call to Worship “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. In our worship today let us seek ways to deepen and strengthen our faith and learn to live in hope, even when our vision is obscured. Today’s Readings First Reading Genesis 15:1-6 The Lord visits Abram in a vision, promising despite Abram’s protestations that, although he is childless, his descendants will be innumerable. Eventually, Abram believes God. Second Reading Hebrews 11:1-3. 8-16 In faith Abraham obeyed God, even though he and Sarah would not live to see God’s promises fulfilled. The reference to “all of these” who “died in faith” is about Abel, Enoch and Noah. They were

Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Introduction and Call to Worship We live in one of the richest communities in the country (and world!) and we should always give thanks to God for the blessings we have received and pray earnestly that we may rely upon God and not on our own self-sufficiency. Today’s Readings First Reading Ecclesiastes 1:2. 12-14; 2:18-23 According to the disillusioned teacher, human life is repetitious and without purpose and all human endeavour is empty. Why leave the rewards of human toil to those who may be foolish and lazy? Second Reading Colossians 3:1-11 The Colossians are urged by St Paul to rid themselves of all their old sinful habits. Like them, we need to re-clothe ourselves in Christ and t
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